February 2, 2021

NeyaSystemsCombatVehicle400x275Neya Systems has announced contributing a new capability to the U.S. Army’s ROS-M registry, an RTK compatible off-road planning software suite. The Robotic Technology Kernel (RTK) is a ROS-based modular autonomy software library aimed at science and technology development that provides a set of common robotic capabilities across several platforms and efforts. AM3P, Neya’s Adaptive and Modular Multi-Terrain Mobility Planner, is a full-stack, off-road autonomy planning software suite developed to allow Department of Defense vehicles to navigate autonomously through congested, unpredictable environments.

“The decision to assimilate AM3P into RTK and thereby make it available to the entire ROS-M defense robotics community represents a significant milestone towards the Army’s goal of integrating third-party developed software offering enhanced and extended functionality into RTK,” said Jon St. John, senior programs director for the National Advanced Mobility Consortium (NAMC).

A successful maturation and testing of AM3P, performed under the Combat Vehicle Robotics (CoVeR) program (see photo), led to the decision to begin the RTK integration process, Neya said. The integration will enable new autonomy capabilities in all RTK-equipped vehicles, such as the upcoming Robotics Combat Vehicle (RCV) family of systems.

“The integration of AM3P into RTK has been an ongoing effort spanning several years,” said Mike Formica, division manager at Neya Systems. “We’re excited to be part of this important step in moving forward and bringing autonomy to the field.”

Neya Systems is a division of Applied Research Associates and develops solutions to customers in the defense, mining, construction and security industries. Its full-stack autonomy software includes capabilities in low-level control, perception, safeguarded teleoperation, full autonomy, and multi-agent mission planning. More details are available at its website.